Interested in Camping?

Call (941)861-7275 or email parksonline@scgov.net

Reservations and camping permits are required.

Fees: Adults:$5perpersonpernight with a $10 minimum. Organized Youth Groups: $2 per person per night.

Reservations can be made for individual or group tent camping. Check-in is available 2 p.m. with site check-out no later than 1 p.m. on day of check-out.

Leave No Trace philosophy is required at the campsite and throughout the park.

Please note that seasonal rains June to September prevent trail mowing and trails are likely to be flooded, especially the trail to Windy Sawgrass Camp. 
Below are flyers for each of the designated campsites in the Reserve: Homestead, Cabbage Palm Loop and Windy Sawgrass:

Call 941.861.5000 for Primitive Camping Information and Reservations

T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve 1800 Mabry Carlton Parkway, Venice Florida, 34292

Homestead Campsite

Primitive Backcountry Camping:

The Homestead Campsite offers remote backcountry tent camping in pine, oak and cabbage palm mixed forest near the State designated ’Wild and Scenic’ Myakka River. The campsite is accessible by hiking or bicycling approximately 4 miles into the camp, or by canoeing or kayaking on the Myakka River. The nearest public canoe/kayak launch is located off Border Road approximately 3.6 miles downstream of the Homestead Camp.

Reservations and camping permits are required.

Fees: Adults:$5perpersonpernight with a $10 minimum. Organized youth groups and children 17 and under are $2 per person per night.

Camp Capacity: 6 tents, 12 people

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Reservations can be made for individual or group tent camping. Check-in is available after 3 p.m. with site check-out no later than 1 p.m. on day of check-out.

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Amenities

Homestead Camp amenities include picnic tables, benches and a fire-ring. The site is approximately 4 miles from the park entrance.

Experiences

The Homestead Camp is located within the 24,565 acre T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve. Visitors can enjoy the sounds and sights of nature sitting still or exploring the trails. Observe diverse natural communities including dry prairie, pine flatwoods, mesic hammocks and seasonal wetlands; wading birds, alligator, deer, bobcat, coyote, wild hogs; and a variety of wildflowers. The Reserve has more than 80 miles of hiking trails including shorter interpretive trails located near the Reserve entrance. The 12-mile long Myakka Island Wilderness Trail connects the Reserve with Myakka River State Park. Most trail intersections are marked with numbered trail markers. Maps are available at the interpretive kiosk in the main parking area.

Leave No Trace philosophy is required at the campsite and throughout the park.

T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve 1800 Mabry Carlton Parkway, Venice, Florida 34292

Cabbage Palm Loop Campsite

Primitive Camping:

The Cabbage Palm Loop Camp offers primitive tent camping in a shady cabbage palm and oak hammock.

Reservations and camping permits are required.

Fees: Adult: $5 per person per

night. With a minimum of $10.

Organized Youth Groups: $2 per person per night.

Camp Capacity: 4 campsites, maximum two tents and 6 people at each site.

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Reservations can be made for primitive tent camping. Site check-in after 2 p.m. with site check-out no later than 1 p.m. on day of check- out.

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Amenities

Cabbage Palm Loop Camp amenities include picnic tables and barbeque grills. Parking, restrooms, multi-use and primitive trails, Carlton Visitors Cabin and a picnic pavilion are located nearby.

Experiences

Cabbage Palm Loop Camp is located within the 24,565 acre T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve. Visitors can enjoy the sounds and sights of nature sitting still or exploring the trails. Observe the diverse natural communities which include dry prairie, pine flatwoods, mesic hammocks and seasonal wetlands; diverse wildlife including wading birds, alligator, deer, bobcat, coyote, wild hogs; and a variety of wildflowers. The Reserve has more than 80 miles of hiking trails including the nearby interpretive one-mile Orange Trail, the 3-mile Red Trail, and the 2-mile Green Trail. The 12-mile long Myakka Island Wilderness Trail connects the Reserve with Myakka River State Park. Most trail intersections are marked with blue numbered trail markers. Maps are available at the park’s interpretive kiosk.

Leave No Trace philosophy is required at all campsites and throughout the park.

Sarasota County prohibits discrimination in all services, programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, marital status, familial status, religion, or genetic information. Persons with disabilities who require assistance or alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.), or who wish to file a complaint, should contact: Sarasota County ADA/ Civil Rights Coordinator, 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, Florida 34236, Phone: 941-861-5000; TTY 7-1-1 or 1-800-955-8771, Email: adacoordinator@scgov.net

Call 941.861.5000 for Primitive Camping Information and Reservations

T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve 1800 Mabry Carlton Parkway, Venice, Florida 34292

Windy Sawgrass Campsite

Primitive Camping:

The Windy Sawgrass Camp offers primitive tent camping in an historic, restored cow camp complete with cook shack, bunkhouse & stables.

Reservations and camping permits are required.

Fees: Adult: $5 per person per night. With a minimum of $10. Organized Youth Groups: $2 per person per night.

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Reservations can be made for primitive tent camping. Site check-in after 1 p.m. with site check-out no later than 1 p.m. on day of check- out.

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Amenities

Windy Sawgrass Camp amenities include picnic tables, benches and a fire ring. A rustic bunkhouse is available if you don’t want to pitch a tent. Stables for horse campers are on site as well as a windmill with a horse watering trough. No potable water or restrooms are available at this site.

Experiences

The historic Windy Sawgrass Camp (aka Cowboy Camp) is located within the 24,565 acre T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve. Visitors can enjoy the rustic bunkhouse, cookshack and horse stables that were part of an original cow camp that has existed since the 1930’s. Observe the diverse natural communities which include dry prairie, pine flatwoods, mesic hammocks and seasonal wetlands; diverse wildlife including wading birds, alligator, deer, bobcat, coyote, wild hogs; and a variety of wildflowers. The Reserve has more than 80 miles of hiking trails. Most trail intersections are marked with blue numbered trail markers. Maps are available at the park’s interpretive kiosk.

Leave No Trace philosophy is required at all campsites and throughout the park.

Sarasota County prohibits discrimination in all services, programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, marital status, familial status, religion, or genetic

President

Linda@carltonreserve.org

 

Membership

Dan@carltonreserve.org

 

Information & Website

Sherm@carltonreserve.org

 

Park Naturalists:

 Meghan Harris Meyer 

mmharris@scgov.net

         Art Jensen

ajensen@scgov.net

 


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